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RES104: Introduction to Research Writing: Keywords & Searching

Keywords are simply those words you type into the search box to get the results you want. Just like in Google, you don't type your whole question, just the important words or terms that will help you get the answers. You must remember to treat the search engine like a computer. Use nouns (people, places, things, ideas) instead of verbs (actions). Verbs and adjectives (descriptors) are about relationships between things and search engines don't understand that. 

Step 1: Video

This video will walk you through a few different keyword strategies as well as explain why keywords are important and how we'll use them to search.

Step 1: Video

Step 2: Activity

Step 3: Video

This video will walk you through the process of selecting a topic, refining your research question, and how keywords can help you with both finding resources as well as narrowing your topic.

Step 3: Video

Developing my research question & thesis. Topic: Something social science-y about soccer, maybe in Spain Slightly narrower topic:   Something about FC Barcelona & politics Preliminary question: What role does soccer play in Barcelona?
What did I find? Soccer against the enemy: how the world's most popular sport starts and stops wars, fuels revolutions, and keeps dictators in power. Catalonia has long been on losing side against Madrid and the Spanish government; most famously against Francisco Franco during the Spanish Civil War. Until his death in 1975, Franco banned the Catalan language and culture. A Barcelona citizen and fan said, “You couldn’t should ‘Franco, you murderer!’ on the streets, so people shouted at Real Madrid players instead.” (p.104)  Summary: Soccer’s importance to Barcelona is due in part because it offered an outlet of Catalan pride during the Franco regime
What did I find? National identity, social institutions and political values. The case of FC Barcelona and Catalonia from an intergenerational comparison. Summary: Both generations see national identity and political values attached to FC Barcelona, but the older were more likely to view it as a tool to fight against Madrid, while the younger saw it as a symbol of the fight for independence
What did I find? The Role of Bullfighting and FC Barcelona in the Emancipation of Catalonia from Spain Summary: Bullfighting (which was banned in Barcelona) and FC Barcelona have been used by political parties to help push the “different from Spain” idea among the Catalan people
What did I find? The Media and the Construction of National Identities in Basque Football: Basques and Catalans Booing the Spanish National Anthem in the 2009 Cup Championship. Summary: Basque Country and Catalonia both have independence movements. Multiple times when these teams meet in the finals, they boo the Spanish anthem, a symbol of the Spanish government
Developing my research question & thesis.  Focused Question:  How is Futbol Club Barcelona significant to Catalan identity and independence? Answer = my thesis Futbol Club Barcelona cultivates Catalan identity by acting as a political platform for independence, an ambassador of cultural and political history and a counter to Spanish nationalism. Proving my thesis = my paper Now my job is to explain how those things leads to a unique Catalan identity with evidence gathered from my sources.